McCullum, Sangakkara for CPL draft

first_imgCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):New Zealand power-hitter Brendon McCullum and Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara are among five international stars confirmed for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft set for February 11 in Barbados.They will be joined by South African Faf du Plessis, New Zealander Martin Guptill and Australian Shane Watson, all of whom represent the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players for this year’s tournament, which bowls off in June.CPL organisers are expected to announce the final marquee player closer to the draft.Australian Tom Moody, CPL’s director of international cricket, said the arrival of such quality players would bring the Caribbean tournament on par with other well established global T20 competitions.”With the confirmation of these marquee players, the CPL is now truly established as one of the leading T20 leagues and compares favourably with the likes of the IPL and Big Bash League,” Moody said.”We are entering into a fascinating year of T20 cricket, with a number of players in this year’s draft set to feature for their countries in the forthcoming ICC World T20 in India, as well as in other leading domestic T20 competitions.”With the West Indies currently sitting atop the World T20 team rankings, we believe that the top quality signings of iconic and hugely decorated marquee players demonstrate CPL’s intentions to captivate the attention of both the West Indies public and cricket followers globally.”TWO CENTURIESKnown for his all-out attacking style at the top of the order, McCullum is likely to attract the most attention. The former Black Caps captain was the first player to reach 1,000 runs in T20 Internationals and the only one to have scored two centuries in T20 Internationals.He has played 99 Tests and 256 one-day internationals and is set to retire in February after playing his final two Tests against the touring Australians.Sangakkara, meanwhile, one of the most sought after players on the T20 circuit, has featured in the CPL before along with Guptill, while all-rounder Watson will be turning out in the Caribbean tournament for the first time.The six marquee players will enter the draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises – Barbados Pride, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.last_img read more

UNMIL ‘Impressed with LNP Performance’

first_imgUnited Nations Police (UNPOL) Commissioner Gregory Hinds has stated that despite logistical constraint facing the Liberia National Police (LNP), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was impressed with the performance of the LNP officers.Commissioner Hinds spoke over the weekend when he presented a consignment of road safety equipment worth more than US$25,000 to the Liberia National Police (LNP). The donation is part of UNMIL’s drive to capacitate the police in the wake of its potential drawdown in the country.The items which include 550 reflector cones, 300 reflector vests, 150 rechargeable flashlights and 110 traffic sign posts were presented by the United Nations Police (UNPOL) Commissioner Gregory Hinds over the weekend at a formal ceremony held at the headquarters of the LNP with senior UNPOL and LNP staff in attendance.Presenting the equipment, UNPOL Commissioner Hinds said the presentation is part of a pilot project to assist the police in providing safety to the Liberian people especially road users.He urged LNP authority to manage the equipment properly by putting into place measures that will lead to benefiting the larger public.He said the Mission was impressed with the performance of the LNP in the mist of logistical constraint and admonished the police authority to remain steadfast in the provision of services to the people of Liberia.The UNPOL Commissioner also used the occasion to reassure the Police Department of UNMIL’s continuous support and preparedness to build the capacity of the LNP in the execution of its statutory commitment to the people of Liberia.He said with the deployment of the road traffic signs across the city and its environs; it will help to reduce the risk of road accidents in the country.Receiving the items on behalf of Police Inspector General, Col. Clarence Massaquoi, Deputy Inspector General of Police for Administration, William K. Mulbah lauded the UNMIL and all the donating partners for the gesture, promising to handle it with high level of care to meet the needs of the Liberian people.He said these road safety signs will be placed on major high ways and will save most of the traffic officers coming in risky contacts with reckless drivers. He indicated that the project will go a long way in enhancing the work of the police, especially as it relates to Public Safety and traffic regulations.The LNP Deputy Boss further stressed that the safety of the Liberian people is the paramount concerned and statutory mandate of the police. He mentioned that these road signs are moveable and therefore calling on the general public not to temper with them but to help the police protect them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Row over Sherman’s Bank Statements Again

first_imgProsecutors are still pushing every legal means to have access to Senator Varney Sherman’s bank statements. This was demonstrated yesterday when they asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ where the Senator is expected to stand trial on the Global Witness bribery scandal, to do so.Initially, prosecutors had asked another court, Criminal Court ‘A,’ which indicted Sherman and others in the Global Witness bribery scandal, to order several banking institutions, including Ecobank, where Senator Sherman is a customer, to produce his bank statements, which Judge Kontoe accepted and acted upon.Though Criminal Court ‘A’ granted the prosecutors’ request, Sherman’s legal team has a contrary view, making a case against Judge Boimah Kontoe at the Supreme Court, and the matter is still pending. The defense’s argument at the time was that there was no case before that court for Judge Kontoe to issue such a directive to the banking institutions to surrender their client’s bank accounts to prosecutors.Although the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, prosecutors again asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ the court that authorized Sherman’s arrest, to compel the banks to produce his accounts dated from January 2011 to September 2011.At yesterday’s hearing on the merits and demerits of the prosecutors’ request, state lawyers argued that since the court is now handling the matter, based on the issuance of its writ of arrest and subsequent indictment of Sherman and others, it would be appropriate for the court to ask the banks to submit Sherman’s bank accounts to help with their evidence.In counter argument, the defense team said there was no reason for Criminal Court ‘C’ to do so, because the matter was still before the Supreme Court and “as such, Judge Emery Paye should not do so, as doing so would mean you are undermining the matter that is pending before the Supreme Court.”Immediately after listening to the arguments, Judge Paye reserved ruling. “I reserve ruling into the matter, and I would deliver it anytime next week,” the Criminal Court Judge told the parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Body found at Guinness Bar in NA

first_imgThe body of a man was found on Saturday morning at the Guinness Bar on Main Street and Lad Lane, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead is 55-year-old Junior Quintin also called “Hammer” of 58 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam.He was reportedly found lying face down in the compound of the bar.Guyana Times understands that no visible mark of violence was initially seen on the body. However, smoking utensils were found next to him.The bar closed its doors shortly after midnight on Friday and according to operators, Quintin was reportedly not there at the time.Meanwhile, guards stationed at Citizens Bank, which is situated next door to the Guinness Bar, reported not seeing or hearing anything strange during the night.“Hammer” was a known character around the town and frequently got into misunderstandings with residents.His body is currently at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination (PME).last_img read more

Vickers not assured

first_imgThe pair will have 70 more racing laps on the track than their fellow Camry drivers, including Vicker’s Red Bull teammate A.J. Allmendinger, who is making the move from Champ Car to NASCAR. Pole qualifying for the 500 is Sunday, which only qualifies the top two cars. The other 41 cars must qualify in the two Gatorade Duel 150-lap races. In addition to the Red Bull team, Michael Waltrip will field a team of himself, Jarrett and David Reutimann, who is stepping up from Toyota’s Craftsman Truck program. Bill Davis will field a team of Dave Blaney and Jeremy Mayfield. Vickers left the Hendrick Motorsports team, which also featured 2006 series champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time series champion Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, under unusual – and maybe contentious – circumstances. Johnson, Gordon and Busch all qualified for the Chase for the championship last year. Vickers didn’t. He finished 15th. It hasn’t been quite the Cup career he expected. He won the 2003 Busch Series title for Hendrick and picked up the third Hendrick car. His first win was last October in a controversial finish at Talladega, Ala. On the final lap on the Superspeedway, he was drafting teammate Johnson, who was making a pass of Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the inside. Vickers and Johnson touched and that sent Johnson into Earnhardt, and they both went spinning. Vickers won the race, to a chorus of boos and controversy. keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Car owner points come into play in Daytona 500 qualifying, but Gatorade Duel finishes and single-car qualifying play a part, too. It all can lead to a misstep for a first-year team and banishment from the race. Yet, Vickers, 23, was undeterred in switching to an upstart team from Hendrick Motorsports, which sports the series champion. “It’s a very good opportunity to get to the next level,” said Vickers, who is entering his fourth season in Cup. “The move is very big for me. It was time to make a change. “It will be tough going, but Toyota is behind us 100 percent. They are very determined. I think we’ll be disappointed if we don’t do well.” However, Vickers and fellow Toyota driver Dale Jarrett – who is on another team – have one advantage over the other Toyota drivers. Both have earned berths into Saturday’s Bud Shootout at Daytona. Vickers gained the spot by winning a pole at Texas Motor Speedway last year for the Hendrick team. Jarrett earned a spot because he is a past race winner. ANAHEIM – It is quite possible that NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran driver Brian Vickers could be on the outside looking in on next week’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most important race of the season. Vickers will be one of seven Toyota drivers trying to qualify for the race this weekend as Toyota makes its Nextel Cup debut. center_img Vickers goes into the event with no assurances, no provisional points or owner’s points to fall back on. He must qualify strictly on getting the pole on Sunday or by Thursday’s performance in the Gatorade Duels. Otherwise, he goes home. In most Cup races, the top 35 cars, based on car-owner points, automatically earn berths into each weekend’s race. Those out of the top 35 must qualify among the fastest 43 speeds and those not among the top 35 in car owner’s points or in the top 43 based on time can use a provisional berth of being a past series champion. Vickers and his Red Bull team don’t have that option. last_img read more

Arsenal starlet tells talkSPORT it’s ‘vital’ he’s guaranteed game time next term

first_imgCalum Chambers has told talkSPORT he needs to be playing consistent first-team football next season to ensure he continues to develop as a defender.The 22-year-old spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Middlesbrough, largely impressive despite the Teesside club’s relegation from the Premier League.He has since headed to Poland as part of the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship, and has played every minute as the Young Lions have reached the semi-final stage.Set to report back to Arsenal at the start of pre-season, a number of clubs – including Chambers’ former side Southampton, as well as Newcastle and Everton – have shown an interest in taking the youngster on loan for the 2017/18 campaign.And it sounds as if Chambers would seriously consider leaving the Emirates for the second successive season if he is not to be guaranteed game time in north London.Speaking to talkSPORT, Chambers said: “This season, personally for me, I was a bit frustrated I couldn’t help keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Going there and doing a year on loan with them, it’s a great club; the players all welcomed me in really well.“I had a thoroughly enjoyable year there; I played regularly and got some valuable experiences that I’m gaining from.“In this tournament I feel the experiences I got this year and the game time I got this year are helping me and I want to take that forward.“Next season I want to do the same. I want to play football, and I think it’s vital at this age – as a young player – to play as many games as possible to get experience.”last_img read more

ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL: MCFADDEN BACK IN STARTING LINE-UP AS GALLAGHER SELECTS SIDE TO FACE DERRY

first_imgGAA: Rory Gallagher has brought back Colm McFadden into his side for tomorrow’s Ulster SFC semi-final clash with Derry at Clones. McFadden missed the Armagh win after he picked up a virus the day before the clash at the Athletic Grounds.Mark McHugh who replaced McFadden that day has retained his place at the expense of Marty O’Reilly. O’Reilly scored his first championship goal for Donegal in that emphatic win over Armagh and will feel hard aggrieved at being dropped.But it only reiterates the strength at Gallagher’s disposal and O’Reilly will be a serious option for the Donegal manager to turn to tomorrow night in Clones.The full team to face Derry is:No.1 Paul Durcan No.2 Paddy McGrathNo.3 Neil McGeeNo.4 Eamon McGeeNo.5 Mark McHughN0.6 Karl Lacey N0.7 Frank McGlynnNo.8 Neil GallagherN0.9 Martin McElhinneyN0.10 Christy Toye N0.11 Odhran Mac NiallaisN0.12 Ryan McHughN0.13 Patrick McBreartyN0.14 Michael MurphyN0.15 Colm McFaddenULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL: MCFADDEN BACK IN STARTING LINE-UP AS GALLAGHER SELECTS SIDE TO FACE DERRY was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ClonesDerrydonegalGAANamedteamUlster SFClast_img read more

Mesut Ozil wants Arsenal’s No.10 shirt next season after Jack Wilshere exit

first_imgOzil has worn the 11 shirt since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013.Many fans would likely question of the midfielder deserves to wear the same number worn by a host of top Gunners stars, including legend Dennis Bergkamp.Ozil gets constant stick from Arsenal supporters, and even some former players, over his attitude on the pitch and is often accused of going missing against top teams.But after committing his future to the north London club in February, signing a new bumper contract until 2021, it seems likely the now-vacant jersey will go his way. 2 According to the Daily Mail, the Germany playmaker wants to swap from his current No.11 for ‘for advertising purposes’.Ozil has a lucrative boot deal with Adidas, and the German sportwear giant apparently view the No.10 shirt as the most marketable a player can wear.The 29-year-old already wears No.10 – traditionally worn by playmakers and attacking midfielders – for his country and he apparently keen to wear the same for his club. Mesut Ozil wants to improve his brand by wearing Arsenal’s No.10 shirt center_img 2 Mesut Ozil will ask Arsenal for their famous Number 10 shirt next season after Jack Wilshere’s departure, reports claim.last_img read more

‘He’s our Kante and our Cazorla’ – Arsenal fans adore new signing

first_imgDon’t often feel particularly impressed with much of Arsenal’s business, but Torreira is a really fantastic signing at a remarkable price. Be worth double that by Christmas. #AFC— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) July 10, 2018 I’m absolutely smitten with Arsenal’s signing of Torreira. Haven’t had a player like this since Gilberto Silva. This kid runs for miles, is rarely not in perfect position, and he can pick a pass. He will bring so much discipline to their formation, I’m excited.— #1 Ryan (@arsmaster69) July 10, 2018 Lucas Torreira is the type of player we’ve needed in midfield for years, combative, does the dirty work and good on the ball. At only 22 as well plenty of room for him to develop further under Emery. Fantastic signing.#TimeForTorreira #TorreiraIsAGunner #TorreiraTuesday #afc— Daniel Robertson (@afcdan17) July 10, 2018 Everything about this unveiling is perfect: from the background music, the effects, to the image of seeing Torreira in an Arsenal shirt just gives me “joygasm”. 😁🤣 pic.twitter.com/AlJp6l0UCZ— Sensible Arsenal (@ArsenalSensible) July 10, 2018 smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The wait is over… it’s #TimeForTorreira 👍Welcome to Arsenal, @LTorreira34 🔴 pic.twitter.com/wnUDYuDMeS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018The 22-year-old joins Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as part of Unai Emery’s new look Arsenal side.Torreira had established himself as one of the finest young midfielders in Europe throughout his time in Italy, and he hit the headlines during the World Cup after putting in some excellent showings to help Uruguay reach the quarter-finals. silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ WE’RE GONNA WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE **Heavy D voice**Welcome to Arsenal Lucas Torreira! https://t.co/izZhfDGyGq— C (@CaptainRambo_) July 10, 2018 The addition of Lucas Torreira is a welcome addition as Arsenal look to tighten up defensively in the middle of the park.Proper DM pic.twitter.com/kvj3Mp5gkB #COYG #AFC #Gunners #Arsenal— Arsenal Fever (@ArsenalFever360) July 10, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST A brilliant holding player, who can break up play just as well as create it, Torreira will plug a hold in the Arsenal squad that has existed since Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva left north London in the mid-2000s.It is safe to say fans of the Gunners are getting excited about Arsenal’s newest arrival, especially having seen him impress on the world stage over the last month.And now, using social media platform Twitter, Arsenal supporters have been going crazy over the signing of Torreira – and we have collected some of the best reaction below… What a signing this is for Arsenal… Intelligence. Tenacity. Positional awareness. This boy has the lot. #AFC #Torreira https://t.co/mTXl9y0wlj— Andy Sixsmith (@SixsmithTV) July 10, 2018 NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Lucas Torreira is the best Arsenal signing of the summer. Defensive-midfield has been a problem area for many years and it’s now finally being fixed. Liked the look of Torreira in the World Cup. Tenacious, irritating (in the good sense), and very composed on the ball. #AFC— Jonny Bentley (@SportsJonny) July 10, 2018 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal have finally confirmed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria.Torreira, the Uruguay midfielder, was announced as the Gunners’ fourth signing of the summer on Tuesday afternoon. possible standings Torreira is such an exciting signing. Can’t wait for the new season. Welcome our new 11 👊🏼🔴 #AFC— Dennis Catley (@denniscatley) July 10, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1st exciting signing so far! (Leno could turn out great too). Torreira has maybe gone from unknown pre-WC to a bit overrated now, after a 4 game sample. Still only 22 and will face issues of consistency like any young player. His potential is exciting! #afc #TimeForTorreira https://t.co/dgSLrSWt7J— bäläji (@balajicln) July 10, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best transfer window in yeaaaarsss. Torreira, Ramsey, Elneny, AMN and Xhaka is a nice midfield. #afc If we could get in a winger and keep Musti, we’ll be great.— B (@princewasabi) July 10, 2018 YESSSS TORREIRA. he’s going to be our Kante and our Cazorla #TorreiraTuesday— France to win WC ⚽️ (@AUBA42goalsPL) July 10, 2018 targets Latest Arsenal news Emery is doing bits! Torreira is such a good signing⚽️⚽️ #afc— Kieron (@KTelling96) July 10, 2018last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FOOTBALL SPECIAL UNVEIL NEW ALL-IRELAND LINE-UP

first_imgFOOTBALL Special drinks maker McDaids have a limited edition fizzy drink – featuring Donegal’s senior players.Now you can order a McLoone, a Lacey or a Walsh.Just be careful however when you ask for a Murphy’s!  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FOOTBALL SPECIAL UNVEIL NEW ALL-IRELAND LINE-UP was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelanddonegalFootball Speciallast_img read more